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Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Growth and locally-facing public sector pay

Ed Holmes, Senior Research Fellow for Economics & Welfare at Policy Exchange, argues that setting public sector salaries locally could mean thousands of private sector jobs could be created in areas where employment is high, as set out in recent Policy Exchange report, Local Pay, Local Growth.

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Chris Grayling should be tough on crime – and smart on tagging

Rory Geoghegan, Research Fellow for Crime & Justice at Policy Exchange, argues that the electronic monitoring of criminals is being undermined by the nature of the MOJ’s procurement contracts. Rory suggests that a localised system where multiple suppliers can offer local law enforcement agencies the technology they need could save the taxpayer hundreds of millions of pounds.

Tagging isn’t working – privatisation is no panacea

Tagging isn’t working – privatisation is no panacea

David Skelton, Deputy Director at Policy Exchange, argues that private monopolies will do little to drive up standards in public service delivery. He suggests that a competitive local market needs to be established in the area of electronic monitoring, especially with the electronic tagging of criminals as we explored in recent report Future of Corrections.

Government must think fast and big to make Britain a tech haven

Government must think fast and big to make Britain a tech haven

Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, argues that the UK has the potential to become a world leader in the high-tech and digital economy, but the government must change existing visa regulations to allow UK digital start-ups to hire the most talented international graduates.

Bits, Billions, and British Businesses

Bits, Billions, and British Businesses

Chris Yiu, Head of Digital Government at Policy Exchange, argues that the government needs to act fast to change existing visa regulations preventing digital start-ups in the UK hiring the best international graduates. Chris suggests that the UK has the potential to become one of the world’s leading digital economies, but says that policymakers must adopt a pragmatic approach to skills and migration.

Freezing working age benefits is a short term solution

Freezing working age benefits is a short term solution

Matthew Oakley, Head of Economics & Social Policy at Policy Exchange, argues that the government’s plans to freeze working-age benefits is not a long-term solution. Matthew suggests that further government cuts should focus on bad expenditure or on where reforms could increase employment.

The case for Reform of the Bank of England

The case for Reform of the Bank of England

James Barty, Policy Exchange’s Senior Consultant for Financial Policy, argues that the Bank of England is in desperate need of structural and cultural reform. James suggests that the Bank’s failures prior to and following the financial crisis indicate that the current institution must be reformed before it takes on any new responsibilities.

Let us face down the enemies of social reform

Let us face down the enemies of social reform

Writing in the Telegraph, Sean Worth, Head of Policy Exchange’s Better Public Services Project, argues that the Government must urgently reform public services as set out in report Do the Public Back More Reform of Public Services?In particular, he stresses that families should be able to choose the best free public services from the most reliable providers, whether government-run or privately run.

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